• Cancer Diet

    Asked by anonymous on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Cancer Diet

    Would anyone be willing to lend a good recommendation on a book or resource for a diet plan for a post chemo and weakened cancer patient? She often has an upset stomach (due to the drugs, I'm sure) and is sensitive to sugar and starches. Ideally looking for a simple, easy to prepare ideas and diet plan. I'd greatly appreciate anyones response!

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      there are a few good ones. I used the Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook by Jean Lamantia. But I am sure some other folks will weigh in with their recommnedations as well.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      The American cancer society has a cook book with many addtional pamplets on just such a diet and tips on how to improve the desire to eat. Visit the ACS desk at your cancer center.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Wishing your friend good luck and healing vibes. Hope the suggestions the nancebeth and cam made are helpful. They always have great answers.

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There is no such thing as a cancer diet. A diet is whatever you eat. There are lost of people (including the ACS that market recipes and diet tips as being cancer specific, but that is just marketing. Forget about her having cancer. That is irrelevant from a dietary standpoint. If she suffers from acid reflux, indigestion, etc. then she may need to modify her diet somewhat, but lots of people that have never had cancer has gastric issues. I would recommend she start by seeing her PCP regarding the gastric issues to determine exactly what is going on and what is causing it. If it cannot be remedied medically then her PCP can suggest dietary changes or refer her to a nutritionist that can.

      over 7 years ago
    • polgara's Avatar

      I have two great cookbooks, both which have information on how the recipe helps fight cancer and an index if you are looking for food to help with a side effect from chemo, immune support, mouth sores etc. They are Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen and The Cancer fighting kitchen. The Kicking Cancer also is low sugar recipes as well. Good luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      The best book I've found is the Cancer Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson. It was given to me by a nutrionist who specializes in cancer patients and survival. It covers proper nutrition as well as overcoming some of the chemo side effects such as taste issues.

      over 7 years ago
    • dealite2007's Avatar

      There is such a thing as a cancer diet (don't let grumpy gussies tell you differently). There are things you can eat to help fight the disease and also help your symptoms. But, I don't think you'll need your primary care physician to tell you how to eat for cancer and it's symptoms...that information is out there. They may be able to put a band-aid on it with anti-nausea meds. and appetite stimulalants, etc. But, for nutritional information, I really like "Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend's Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer" A website you should also visit is http://marnieclark.com. She has some great information on there. And, by the way.... the sister shouldn't be eating sugar's and too many starches anyway...
      Hope I could help you.

      over 7 years ago

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